Introduction to Nitro, West Virginia
Nitro, West Virginia, in Kanawha county, is located 12 miles W of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center) and is 123 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. Part of the surrounding Charleston metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Nitro is home to approximately 6,824 residents.
Nitro was officially incorporated by Circuit Court in the year 1932. The word "nitro" is derived from the word "nitrocellulose". The community which is now known as Nitro was the center of ammunition production of the United States, at the time of the World War I. The government of United States named the area Nitro on account of the establishment of a huge federal plant, manufacturing explosives during World War I. A part of the community of Nitro lies in the Kanawha County and the remainder in Putnam County.
Nitro and nearby Attractions
- Museum in the Community
- Hawks Nest State Park
- Avampato Discovery Museum
- Chief Logan State Park
- Beech Fork State Park
- Cultural Center
Things To Do In Nitro
Nitro has a number of notable locations such as the Tri State Racetrack & Gaming Center, Nitro City Hall, and Bradford Landing. The parks in the area include Ridenour Memorial Park, Nitro City Park, and Hawks Nest State Park offers multiple facilities for recreation. The local churches include Nitro Church of Christ, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church of Nitro. Nitro Public Library offers a wide range of reading materials of diverse interest to the avid readers. Big Bend Golf Course is a well facilitated golf course.
The Port Columbus International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Nitro Higher Education
Higher education can be pursued at institutions such as Marshall University, Concord College, and West Virginia State College.